n Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology - Safety at shopping centres in Gauteng : a review of security measures

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The recent past has seen a drastic increase in the level of violence used in robberies at shopping centres across South Africa as seen in the numbers of media reports. These robbers have become more brazen and direct in their perpetration of crimes at shopping centres. Criminal incidents that occur at shopping centres are not only limited to the actual shopping area but it also includes criminal incidents that occur in the designated parking areas of a shopping centre. The increased number of crimes that have occurred in the last few years at shopping centres has not only raised a huge safety concern for shopping centre owners, shopping centre management, business owners (individual retail outlets) and the private security companies contracted at shopping centres, it can also affect the numbers of consumers frequenting specific shopping centres that appear to be harder hit by robberies than others. This article delves into the nature and extent of shopping centre robberies in Gauteng. It looks into the modus operandi of shopping centre attackers as well as it reflects on the current state of security measures at shopping centres in Gauteng. This is done with the aim of making recommendations to improve security at shopping centres so as to deter future attacks of the kind.


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